The Retirement Income Paradox

In a survey of advisors on the topic of retirement income, GDC Research and Practical Perspectives found the firm that certain "contradictions" are making it hard for firms to take advantage of the seemingly vast Boomer retirement opportunity.

Why Indexed Annuity Sales Are So Strong

Many factors are driving the increase in indexed annuity sales: More manufacturers, better products, more distributors, competitive commissions, aging boomers, and relaxed regulation. But does the bubble contain the seeds of its own deflation?

Lessons from a Living (DC) Experiment

Israel has found that even a mandatory defined contribution system can’t resolve all of the behavioral, economic, or administrative issues that prevent low-income and minority workers from saving for retirement. (Photo: Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem.)

What Advisors Want from Annuity Issuers

This week, RIJ received a press copy of “What Advisors Want from Annuity and Insurer Providers-2019,” a study by Practical Perspectives, a Boxford, MA-based financial services market research firm.
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Poor Standards at S&P, U.S. Alleges

The ratings agency that downgraded the federal government's debt in 2011 now finds itself accused of fraud by that same government's attorney general. The credibility of life insurer strength ratings is just one of the issues at stake.
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Well-known CFP bases new venture on mining old VAs

New Jersey advisor Mark Cortazzo has started a new service, Annuity Review, to make sure individuals and their advisors understand the value hidden in the variable annuities they already own.

The Bucket

Brief or late-breaking items from Putnam Investments, Pershing LLC, DST Systems, Inc., Vanguard, Groom Law Group and LIMRA.

The Missing Document

As he got older, my father never wanted to share his financial secrets with me, my brother or my sister. When he died a few weeks ago, we got our first peek into the filing cabinet that contained his will and other paperwork.